Category: In The Workplace

Psychological Safety & High Performing Teams

The Power of Retrospectives in Building Psychological Safety

Retrospective exercises, when teams come together to discuss and discover what went well, what did not, and what lessons can be learned, are extremely powerful and are a fantastic way of building psychological safety. For example, Agile teams usually schedule in a retrospective once every sprint, which is an extremely effective method (if done well)…
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How to use Icebreakers to Create Psychological Safety

Most of us will be used to the idea of icebreakers that are used in meetings or group sessions where not all the participants know each other, and are a good way to increase the psychological safety of a team or space. There is, however, so much more to icebreakers than just getting to know…
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Psychological Safety Team Performance Exercise

The Psychological Safety Quadrant Workshop This is an example of a really powerful exercise to qualitatively measure psychological safety, team performance, and work collaboratively to increase both, via a workshop that can be carried out remotely or in-person. This is really effective for short-lived teams, who haven’t had, or won’t have, time to build and…
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Psychological Safety Presentation

I get asked a lot if I can help out with presentation content for internal training, talks or similar, so here is a slide deck for a psychological safety presentation that I’ve delivered a number of times and you’re welcome to use. Please attribute fairly. In addition to the slide decks below, the Psychological Safety…
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Six Ways to Run Psychologically Safe Meetings

Meetings, whether in-person or virtual (or the worst kind – a hybrid of the two, where some attendees are together in a room, and the others are remote), are a fact of life for many of us. In fact, many of us spend up to 90% of our working day in one kind of meeting…
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The Difference Between Trust And Psychological Safety

Trusting other people When building psychological safety in a team, or in any group context, it’s necessary to consider trust. Trust and psychological safety are sometimes confused with each other, and whilst they are related, trust is simply a component of psychological safety. Trust can be defined as the extent to which we hold expectations…
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Ten Ways To Create Psychological Safety At Work

Building psychological safety at work, in your team or in your organisation may seem like a very daunting task, and it can be hard to know where to start. Here are ten things you can do right now that will help to create psychological safety at work, and reap significant benefits for you, the team,…
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Psychological Safety in Remote Teams

In early 2020, due to the Covid 19 outbreak, many organisations around the world went through a sudden digital transformation and many teams became remote. With this near-instant operational pivot to distributed and remote teams, organisations and the people within them encountered new and difficult challenges such as poor internet connectivity, inadequate home offices, and…
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Seven Behaviours That Damage Psychological Safety

Psychological safety is created through shared values and positive behaviours, where a culture of trusting, helping, and elevating means that all members of the team can work productively and be their true selves, without fear. There are great benefits to be had through building psychological safety at work. Liu et al (2020) found a negative…
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Cognitive Load and Psychological Safety

On a recent¬†Agile Engineering Podcast¬†we discussed cognitive load and how it relates to psychological safety. Cognitive Load Our human working memory, our capacity to learn and solve problems, is a system with limited capacity. The amount of information presented, any distractions in the environment, and one’s existing knowledge and capability all influence our capacity to…
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